Where are the speakers on a Macbook Air? – Troubleshooting Speaker Problems

If you’re an avid Macbook user like me, then you’ll likely spend a whole lot of time on it every day. Whilst most of us have our Macbooks either linked up to a set of headphones or a home smart device (like a Google Home or Amazon Alexa), sometimes you want to listen to sounds coming out directly from your laptop.

It can be really difficult to tell whether the speakers are actually located in your Macbook Air. There are some users who have noted that they sound kind of muffled, but in comparison to most other laptops out there, they’ll probably be of a better quality.

However, this doesn’t really answer the original question; where are the speakers located on a Macbook Air? Well, let’s look.

Where are the speakers on a Macbook Air?

The speakers on a Macbook Air are actually located directly below the keyboard of the laptop. Although on the new model there are speaker grills on the side of the keyboard, this is generally just for show. However, this is the approximate location of the left and right speaker of the Macbook Air.

With New Macbook Air being released, it’s had a whole lot of improvements in comparison to previous years. One of the main things that has been improved this time around is the speakers, which are undoubtedly better quality than they have been previously.

In comparison to older Macbook Air models they can produce around 25% more sound, and you can get a lot more bass from them too. Whilst they are an impressive improvement, the Macbook Pro has also had some powerful speakers added too.

We’re not expecting to see a new Macbook Air until 2022, with this year firmly focussed on the Pro instead. Though, they’ll likely keep the Air speakers in the same location.

Common Questions about Macbook Air Speakers

My Macbook speakers are suddenly lower volume

This is a pretty common problem with Macbook’s, and fortunately there’s a pretty easy fix. All you need to do is reset the NVRAM (Non Volatile Random Access Memory) on your laptop. You can do this by turning your laptop off, then turning it back on whilst holding Option+Command+P+R at the same time. You should only need to do this for around 30 seconds, and then your speakers should reset and the laptop will reboot.

My Macbook Air Speakers are buzzing

If you’re having problems within buzzing coming from your Air speakers, then you want to start with the same NVRAM reset that I’ve just mentioned. Hopefully this will fix the problem, but if not, there is a few other things that you can do. Next, you’ll want to reset your SMC (System Management Controller. You can do this by turning on your laptop whilst holding Control, Option and Shift whilst then pushing down on the Power button after your Macbook has started up. You can also try starting your laptop up in Safe Mode.

How much does it cost to replace MacBook Air speakers?

If you’re having problems with your Macbook Air speakers, then fortunately this is one of the easiest problems to fix, and they can be replaced quite easily. You can probably get this fixed for around £50 or less, as the parts themselves are relatively cheap,

How can I make my MacBook Air speakers louder?

The only way that you can do this is by going into System Preferences and going into Sound. There, you’ll have the output volume, as well as the balance, so you can put more weight onto one speaker over the other.

Are Macbook Air Speakers good?

The new Macbook Air speakers that have been released are the best that this version of the laptop has ever had. They’re still not quite on par with the Macbook Pro, but they still blow the majority of other laptops out of the water (almost no Windows laptop speakers compare to Apple’s, except maybe the new Dell XPS).


With many of the older Macbook Air models not having any speaker grills, many people wondered where exactly the speakers are in the Macbook Air. But now we know that they’re positioned just beneath the keyboard of the laptop!

If you’re interested in purchasing a Macbook Air, then check out our guide to the best laptops under £1000. It’s one of the best options that fits (just barely) into this price range. The speakers in a Macbook Air are amongst the best of any laptop out there, and if you do have problems with them, then it should be an easy fix.

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